"We got the 'W'".
T.J. Oshie left for the second time after taking Evgeni Malkin's shoulder to the head but returned to score late and lift the Washington Capitals over the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Wednesday night in a meeting of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions.
Pushing and shoving after the whistle was a regularity, and it escalated early in the third period when Malkin lifted his shoulder into Oshie's head after giving up the puck. Malkin, as we know, is oozing with talent and has consistently been a top three or four forward in the National Hockey League for the better part of his storied career, but he has a tendency to, shall we say, put his temper on full display from time to time. Oshie's focus is exclusively on Washington winning its second in a row.
"Everybody has a team or two they have success against and feel good against, and fortunately for me, it's a team in our division", said Sissons, who has scored eight of his 26 career goals against Colorado. "He caught me there, and it is what it is". Oshie was forced to go through concussion protocol before returning to the game.
Holtby kept the Capitals in the game, and Oshie provided the heroics.More news: Father confirms son, 22, was among Thousand Oaks shooting victims
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots for his first victory since October 22. He got some help from the post on nearly a half-dozen occasions, but Holtby also turned in his best performance of the season.
"Right now, I think we're chasing the game". "I got some breaks, too, early on".
"Sometimes just like a line combination, if it gets a little stale and goes through some struggles, then sometimes just by splitting it up gives them a fresh look", Sullivan told the Post-Gazette. They have just one point during the skid and face the possibility of being without Malkin in the near future.
Pittsburgh (6-4-3) limps into the nation's capital having lost four straight (0-3-1) and being outscored 18-6 in the process. The officials conferred before deciding to give Malkin a five-minute major penalty. "I just wasn't expecting it being on the PK".
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he wasn't concerned that Malkin might be punished further by the league, and that turned out to be the case.More news: Prince Louis Adorably Reaches for Granddad Charles in New Photo
"I thought it was a solid effort by everybody in the locker room, everybody on the bench", Sullivan said. "They deserved a better fate tonight".
Pittsburgh outshot Washington 42-22 and got 20 saves from Casey DeSmith in his first career start against the Capitals.
Malkin nailed Oshie with a chicken wing to the head in the third period. "I don't really care what happens to him".
The Capitals, who beat the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, won back-to-back games for the first time this season. That's what big players do. "I probably would have come out a lot sooner, but they wanted to be 100 percent [sure], so thanks to them".
NOTES: F Zach Aston-Reese made his season debut and LW Garrett Wilson made his Penguins debut after being called up Tuesday. But it's not a laughing matter for a player with a history of concussions.More news: Austria Suspects Colonel Spied for Russian Federation for Decades
The Caps will try for three wins in a row on Friday night at 7PM EST as they host last year's first round playoff opponent Columbus Blue Jackets.